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Τετάρτη, 4 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Ο ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΣ ΑΧΡΙΔΟΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΑΠΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΩΘΗΚΕ,Ο ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗΣ ΕΙΡΗΝΑΙΟΣ ΠΟΤΕ;


Ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αχρίδας Ιωάννης απελευθερώθηκε μετά από παρέμβαση της Ρωσίας, ύστερα από τριάμισι χρόνια ταλαιπωρίας ,που του είχε επιβάλλει με αυθαίρετους τρόπους και χαλκευμένες κατηγορίες η κυβέρνηση των Σκοπίων. Για την απελευθέρωσή του, όλα αυτά τα χρόνια υπήρξε μεγάλη κινητοποίηση των Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών. Και αυτή είναι η σωστή συμπεριφορά της Ορθοδοξίας.

Δυστυχώς όμως ,οι ορθόδοξες εκκλησίες δεν δείχνουν καμιά ευαισθησία στο ειδεχθές έγκλημα που συντελείται στα Ιεροσόλυμα, στο πρόσωπο του κανονικού Πατριάρχη Ιεροσολύμων Ειρηναίου. Με μοναδική εξαίρεση την Αρχιεπισκοπή Αυστραλίας, η οποία κατά τη Συνοδό της τον περασμένο Μάιο, εξέφρασε την ανησυχία της για την ζωή και την υγεία του «μοναχού Ειρηναίου», παράλληλα με τη ζωή του Αρχιεπισκόπου Αχρίδας, συμπεριφέρονται σαν να μην υφίσταται το θέμα. Και τον εγκλεισμό του Πατριάρχη δεν τον προκάλεσε (τουλάχιστον επίσημα) καμιά κυβέρνηση, αλλά ο «προκαθήμενος» της Σιωνίτιδας εκκλησίας (με την ανοχή και την υπόδειξη βεβαίως πολλών ενδο- και εξω -εκκλησιαστικών κέντρων). Και μάλιστα, με απύθμενο θράσος , λέει ότι «την προστασία του έχει αναλάβει η Ισραηλινή αστυνομία» (εκπομπή ΝΕΡΙΤ «Προσωπικά» 27-12-2014 στη δημοσιογράφο Ε. Κατρίτση).

Μήπως θα πρέπει ΕΠΙΤΕΛΟΥΣ οι ορθόδοξες εκκλησίες να στρέψουν το βλέμμα τους και προς τα Ιεροσόλυμα και να σταματήσουν το εκεί συντελούμενο έγκλημα κατά του μακαριωτάτου και της βεβήλωσης του Παναγίου Τάφου;

Ο πρώην διπλωμάτης των ΗΠΑ Πάτρικ Θέρος και 25 Αμερικανοί Γερουσιαστές παρενέβησαν (μεταξύ άλλων) για να αναγνωριστεί ο Θαβωρίου Θεόφιλος "Πατριάρχης Ιεροσολύμων". Στο παιχνίδι και ο Πάπας Βενέδικτος.

Israel Hesitant About Approving New Patriarch

The ministerial committee for Greek Orthodox Church Patriarchate matters met this morning to discuss Israel's response to the appointment of a new Patriarch. Theophilos was elected patriarch by the Greek Orthodox Synod in 2005, but the Israeli government has not yet approved the appointment.
Israel's approval, together with that of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, is required in order to validate the election. With international pressure being exerted upon Israel in this regard, the Supreme Court has granted the State of Israel another two months in which to consider the issue.
Theophilos is considered to have pro-Israel tendencies, and is certainly more supportive of Israel than his predecessor Irineos, who was a close friend of Yasser Arafat. Irineos has been deposed by the Greek Orthodox Synod, but Israel appears hesitant to recognize this decision.
The Church accuses Israel of making its recognition of Theophilos contingent upon his recognition of a controversial land sale of two years ago. The Church sold two Jaffa Gate hotels and neighboring shops to Jewish interests - but later repudiated the sale. Church sources said that Irineos' trusted financial advisor Nicholas Papedemes made the deal in Irineos' name, and then fled the country. Though Papedemes presented a document signed by Irineos authorizing him to carry out financial deals, Irineos said he never authorized the Jaffa Gate transaction.
A well-known Israeli lawyer has submitted a document to the Supreme Court in which he said he was witness to a meeting between then-Justice Minister Tzachi HaNegbi and Theophilos, in which HaNegbi made Israel's terms quite clear. The lawyer wrote that HaNegbi said that Israel would not recognize him as Church Patriarch unless he officially approves the sale of the Jaffa Gate properties.
The Greek Orthodox Church numbers about 100,000 faithful, most of them Arabs, and is considered the richest church in Israel. The Church Patriarch has responsibility for its extensive land holdings, which include the land on which the Knesset was built, the Prime Minister’s and the President’s official residences, parts of Jerusalem’s wealthiest neighborhoods, and locations in the Old City and in the new Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa.
Irineos' anti-Semitism has been well-documented. On July 17, 2001, Irineos wrote a personal letter to Arafat, saying, "You are aware of the sentiments of disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulchre fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord... actual crucifiers of your people, Sionists [sic] Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine." In the letter, he asks Arafat for his support, promising that if he is elected head of the church, "rest assured, Mr. President, that the rights of our most beloved Palestinian people on the Holy City of Jerusalem will find the most 'hot' supporter."
Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen, who spoke with a leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, was shown copies of letters by Greek Orthodox Church leaders in Canada, Britain, Russia, Finland and other countries - all expressing support for Theophilos and puzzlement at Israel for not recognizing him. Pope Benedictus has also written to this effect, as have Dr. Samuel Kobia of the World Council of Churches, Pentagon official Patrick Theros, and 25 U.S. Senators.
The ministerial committee on Patriarchal affairs is manned by Ministers Avi Dichter and Tzipi Livni of Kadima, Shalom Simchon and Eitan Cabel of Labor, and Yitzchak Cohen of Shas. Attempts to reach them for comment were unsuccessful.

Ο πρώην Ιρακινός πρωθυπουργός Ιγιάντ Αλάουι, ο πρώην διευθυντής της CIA Τζορτζ Τένετ και ο πρώην διπλωμάτης των ΗΠΑ Πάτρικ Θέρος (ανάρτηση μόνο για ψαγμένους αναγνώστες!)

Long-time CIA “asset” installed as interim Iraqi prime minister
By Peter Symonds
31 May 2004 

The insertion of Ayad Allawi as the new Iraqi interim prime minister makes a mockery of Washington’s claims to be bringing democracy to Iraq and preparing to hand over to a sovereign government on June 30. Moreover, the crude and hamfisted manner in which the appointment was made reveals a Bush administration that is itself torn by vicious infighting and in complete disarray.
To defuse the growing Iraqi hostility to the US-led occupation, the US had called on the services of the UN and its special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to bring together an interim Iraqi administration. Brahimi, who has engaged in behind-the-scenes haggling in Iraq for weeks, was due to announce the new government this week for approval by the US and the UN Security Council.
The plan rapidly fell apart last week amid sharp differences over the choice of prime minister. Brahimi had made clear all along that he was seeking a technocrat, who was not aligned with any of the political factions in the Bush administration’s handpicked Iraqi Governing Council (IGC). Washington, however, was not prepared to tolerate anyone in the key executive post who was not wholly subservient to US interests.
At the bidding of the US proconsul in Baghdad Paul Bremer III, the IGC voted in favour of appointing Ayad Allawi to the position last Friday. Bremer was called into the meeting to give his formal blessing and the result was announced to the press. The move preempted any decision by Brahimi, who was left with little option but to declare that he welcomed the choice of Allawi.
UN officials endorsed the decision, but were obviously furious about being effectively sidelined. UN spokesman Fred Eckhard frostily declared last Friday that it was not what had been “expected,” but UN Secretary General Kofi Annan “respected” the decision. “‘Respect’ is a very carefully chosen word,” Eckhard added. “I assume this choice will hold, but the process isn’t over yet. Let us wait and see what the Iraqi street has to say about this name.”
Eckhard’s reference to the “Iraqi street” reflected concerns that the decision by the IGC, widely regarded as a collection of Washington’s political stooges, would not be widely accepted. Even the IGC did little more than rubberstamp a decision made by Bremer and other US officials. Kurdish IGC member Mahmud Othman told the media over the weekend said that Allawi was a US choice: “He was an American candidate. They brought him to us. We supported him.”
As for the “Iraqi street,” Allawi is broadly despised by the Iraqi population. According to fieldwork last month by the Iraqi Centre for Research and Studies, he was the least popular of 17 prominent Iraqi political personalities. Nearly 40 percent of Iraqis polled were “strongly opposed” to Allawi—a figure that was even higher than for the reviled Ahmad Chalabi, the favourite of the Pentagon neo-conservatives.
The reasons for Allawi’s unpopularity are not difficult to find. He has a long and intimate association with Western intelligence agencies and close connections to the Baath Party and dissident elements of Saddam Hussein’s regime. His only “opposition” to Bremer has been over the issue of “de-Baathification”. Allawi has insisted on retaining officials from the key institutions of state repression—the military, police and intelligence services—in order to deal with the mounting opposition to the occupation.
Allawi presides over the IGC’s security committee and has had a hand in building an Iraqi army and police force. His deputy Nouri Badran, who is also a member of Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord (INA), runs the interior ministry. His cousin Ali Allawi runs the defence ministry. Last December Allawi flew to CIA headquarters in the US to meet with CIA director George Tenet over the creation of a new Iraqi intelligence service to counter the armed anti-US resistance.
According to an article in the New York Times, Allawi received the green light to recruit ex-members of the hated Mukhabarat intelligence service, which was responsible for much of the torture and killings under the Hussein regime. Allawi’s associate Ibrahim al-Janabi, another member of the IGC security committee, justified the move as essential to establishing public order. “Under the Saddam regime, the entire structure of Iraq was built around security. The mentality of the people revolved around this security,” Janabi said.
Allawi has long been associated with the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Born into a wealthy Shiite merchant family, he became an enthusiastic member of the Baath Party while a student in Baghdad. He went to London in 1971 to continue his medical studies and resigned from the party in 1975. In 1978, an attempt was made on his life in London, allegedly by Iraqi agents. Allawi told the Washington Post recently: “At the time I was in contact with high-ranking Baath officials and military officers who shared my view that Saddam had hijacked the party.”
Allawi’s orientation to dissenting Baath Party members, particularly military and intelligence officers, has been the hallmark of his opposition to the Hussein regime. With the assistance first of the British MI6 then the CIA, he built a network of contacts throughout the 1980s, travelling extensively in the Middle East as a businessman. In December 1990, in the midst of the first Gulf War, Allawi established the Iraqi National Accord (INA) with the support not only of London and Washington, but of Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Allawi kept his distance from his rival Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress (INC), preferring intrigues in Baghdad to the INC’s far-fetched plans for a popular uprising. As Chalabi fell out with the CIA, Allawi strengthened his ties and obtained approval for a coup against Hussein. With British, US and Saudi backing, he set up headquarters and a radio station in Jordan in 1996. The coup attempt later that year was a miserable failure and resulted in the widespread arrest of members of his network in Baghdad.
The INA was one of six organisations to be favoured with US funding under the Iraq Liberation Act passed in the US Congress in 1998. Allawi continued to collaborate closely with the CIA and was one of the main sources of the “intelligence” that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq. In particular, he was responsible for the claim, notoriously used by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could be operational in less than 45 minutes.
Following the fall of the Hussein regime, Allawi was one of those installed by Washington in the IGC. As well as enjoying the support of the CIA and US State Department, he has spent a small fortune on hiring professional lobbyists in the United States to promote himself in the US media and political establishment. According to papers filed with US Justice Department, wealthy Allawi supporters have paid more than $300,000 for the services of former US diplomat Patrick Theros, law firm Preston, Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds and public relations company Brown Lloyd James.
The installation of this long-time CIA “asset” as head of the interim government in Baghdad will only further alienate the Iraqi people, who have had no say whatsoever in determining the composition of the regime to take office on June 30. It confirms that the new Iraqi administration, which will be completely dependent on Washington economically, militarily and politically, will be at the beck and call of the White House.

Πηγή: wsws.org

Αυτό είναι ένα από τα βιογραφικά του Αμερικανού Πάτρικ Θέρος, πρώην διπλωμάτη (και όχι μόνο), ισχυρού προστάτη και υποστηρικτή (patronus) του Θεόφιλου στα Ιεροσόλυμα

Ambassador (Ret.) Patrick Nickolas Theros
The United States Senate confirmed Patrick Nickolas Theros as Ambassador to the State of Qatar on October 19, 1995. Ambassador Theros presented his credentials to the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani on November 12, 1995, succeeding Ambassador Kenton Keith.
The highlights of Ambassador Theros’ tenure in Qatar include the cementing of the politico-military relationship, the establishment of the largest U.S. Army prepositioning facility in the world and rapid expansion of American investment in the Qatari hydrocarbon sector. Ambassador Theros advised the Qatari Government on the establishment of American educational facilities in the country and among other accomplishments brought the first Church to Qatar. For his services, His Highness the Emir awarded Ambassador Theros the Qatar Gold Star of Merit.
Immediately before his appointment to Qatar, Ambassador Theros served as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, responsible for the coordination of all U.S. Government counter-terrorism activities outside the United States. Ambassador Theros joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and, prior to being appointed Ambassador to the State of Qatar in 1995, served in a variety of positions including Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief, Central Command; Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Officer in Amman; Charge d'affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi; and Economic and Commercial Counselor in Damascus. He also has served in diplomatic positions in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Nicaragua as well as in the Department of State.
In 1992 Ambassador Theros was awarded the President's Meritorious Service Award for career officials and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. He also earned four Superior Honor Awards over the course of his career. In 1990, he was accorded the personal rank of Minister Counselor.
Upon retiring from the Foreign Service in December 1998, Ambassador Theros assumed a position as Direct or for International Projects of Capital Investment Management Corporation, a McLean, Virginia investment firm. In March 2000 Ambassador Patrick Nickolas Theros assumed office as the President and Executive Director of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council after a 35-year career in the United States Foreign Service. Under his direction the U.S. Qatar Business Council has become one of the most active and successful such organizations in the United States. The Council works to enhance and cement the relationship between the United States and Qatar, providing advice and counsel to its members as well as to leadership figures in both countries.
In January, 2003, Ambassador Theros founded the consulting firm, Theros & Theros, LLP of Washington, D.C. which now represents firms doing business in the Middle East and Eastern
Europe. As its first and most successful venture, Theros & Theros undertook the representation of Dr. Ayad Allawi shortly after the liberation of Iraq. In no small measure as a result of our efforts, the American Government appointed Dr. Allawi as free Iraq’s first Prime Minister. Since then Theros & Theros has represented a variety of prestigious international firms in and from the US, the UK, Greece, the UAE and Qatar. Our client list includes BAE Systems, Crescent Petroleum (UAE), B.F. Goodrich, and many others.
Ambassador Theros holds a number of awards and positions, in addition to his professional work. In September 1999 the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Diodoros I, appointed Ambassador Theros as his representative in the United States and conferred on him the rank of Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. In this capacity, Ambassador Theros successfully lobbied the Government of Israel to reverse its ill-considered refusal to recognize the canonically elected Patriarch Theophilos III, in December 2007. In February 2003, Ambassador Theros became a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In March 2003, Ambassador Theros was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations. In May 2003, Ambassador Theros was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom. In October 2004, Ambassador Theros was elected an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.
In July 2007, Ambassador Theros was appointed a founding member of the Board of Qatar Foundation USA continuing his close association with one of most important institutions in Qatar. The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, to give it its full name, is a private, chartered, nonprofit organization, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar. Guided by the principle that a nation's greatest resource is the potential of its people, Qatar Foundation aims to develop that potential through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare. Ambassador Theros has played a key role in furthering the objectives of the Foundation, including but not limited to, the recruitment of prestigious American Universities to open branch campuses in Doha’s Education City. Ambassador Theros has also played an important role in Qatar Foundation’s establishment of a number of other educational, cultural, social and health institutions that have made Qatar the Middle East’s leader in all those fields. Qatar Foundation USA intends to continue this work in the United States, cementing an already close relationship between these two countries.
Ambassador Theros was born in 1941 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended public schools in Michigan, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1963 and has done advanced study at the American University in Washington, DC, the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua. Ambassador Theros has also completed the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, and was appointed a research fellow at the National Defense University. He is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, and Greek. Ambassador Theros is married to the former Aspasia Pahigiannis. They have one son and two daughters.
Πηγή: seamark-usa.com

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